After winning two gold medals at the tender age of 16 you'd expect the whole world to be in awe of Team USA gymnast Gabby Douglas, but some online commentators have found something to criticise the talented Olympian over- her hair!
Gabby and her teammates took gold in the team all-around gymnast event on July 31 before she won the top medal in the individual competition just days later. But after logging onto her twitter account hours after she took to the medal podium, Gabby was apparently stunned to find the blogosphere alight with comments about her hair.
Some tweeters were complaining that her pulled back locks looked unkempt as she competed, Gabby admits that she was 'confused' over the comments, and according to CBS News she's now hit back, saying:
"I don't know where this is coming from. What's wrong with my hair?"
"I'm like, `I just made history and people are focused on my hair?' It can be bald or short, it doesn't matter about (my) hair."
Here here! Gabby, who's the first African-American gymnast to win her sport's biggest prize, likes to keep her locks in place with clips and gel and she's insisting she won't change her style for anyone:
"Nothing is going to change. I'm going to wear my hair like this during beam and bar finals. You might as well just stop talking about it."
"I don't think people should be worried about that. "We're all champions and we're all winners. I just say that it's kind of, a stupid and crazy thought to think about my hair."
After her stunning performance last week Gabby gained support from the celeb world with Nicki Minaj and Beyonce among the big names to send their congrats. B posted this sweet message on her blog:
"A huge congratulations to 16 year old Olympic Gold medalist Gabby Douglas-Wow-What a thrill to watch you take this Gold! I can tell you've been working hard for so long-Enjoy this moment, it's yours. Thank you for inspiring all of us! Love, B"
Now, top athletes like tennis champ Serena Williams have come forward to defend Gabby against the hair haters, with the fashion-conscious athlete telling USA Today: "It's gorgeous! People don't know what they're talking about, it's ridiculous. It's so ridiculous. Her hair is gorgeous."
We're with you Serena!